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+ - Major Terrorist Attack Strikes France->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Terrorist gunmen claiming to be from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have stormed the building of a French publication Charlie Hebdo that had recently published a cartoon of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The gunmen are known to have killed eleven hostages so far and the situation is still ongoing. Currently, the BBC has the most information out of English news outlets. French speakers can consult the headline at Le Monde for more current news.
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Comment: Re:gun safe? (Score 1) 646

by bedonnant (#40796143) Attached to: How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

For starters, why would you care about homicides by guns in particular?

Isn't this all about guns?

Your argument about rape being prevented by guns is weird. Also, it's completely false. You say UK has 4x more rapes than US, but wikipedia has 28.6/100,000 rapes for US and 24.1/100,000 for UK. France has 16.6/100,000.

Comment: Re:gun safe? (Score 1) 646

by bedonnant (#40795103) Attached to: How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

Statistics plainly doesn't support your argument.

Well, for example, if you look at this wikipedia page you would see that in the US there are 4.14 deaths by homicides with guns for every 100,000 pop, while in France, where there is strict gun control, there are only 0.44/100,000. I suspect there are a lot less police-related deaths too since French police do not assume everyone has a gun and therefore should be less likely to use their own weapon. In Germany, in 2011, police shot a grand total of 85 bullets, with 6 fatalities...

Comment: Re:It's like this. (Score 1) 878

by bedonnant (#40598027) Attached to: Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
Ironically, independent is apparently spelled that way because the English couldn't (or wouldn't) spell the French "indépendant" correctly. To get back to the point, communicating means conveying meaning to another. If you do not play by the grammatical rules, you lessen the probability of your meaning getting across, because they are a standard that all parties implicitely decide to use. English has comparatively few grammatical rules, but I can assure you that errors in French can easily alter and degrade understanding. Also, if you put the strain of trying to understand you on others, you are just wasting their time because you did not want to spare yours. Others recognize it and a less liable to repeat the effort.

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